Cuala book All-Ireland final place

It finished Cuala 3-21 to 2-11 Slaughtneil.

Cuala book All-Ireland final place

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Cuala became the first Dublin side to advance to the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior hurling final today, following an impressive win over Slaughtneil.

The result brings the Derry club's dreams of having three teams in All-Ireland finals to a halt, with their camogie and football sides already in their respective finals.

But the day belonged to Cuala as they registered a 1-13 to 0-5 half-time lead to put them on course for a stunning victory.

Con O'Callaghan's goal in the early stages of the game formed part of a 1-06 blitz from the Dublin side.

After taking an early lead, Slaughtneil struggled to respond once Cuala pressed ahead. And despite hitting a goal after half-time through Gerald Bradley, they couldn't keep pace with their opponents and finished the game with 14 men.

Cormac McKenna was dismissed on 51 minutes with a second yellow card. 

Here's a flavour of how Cuala executed the victory:

Image: Cuala's Jake Malone with Gerard Bradley of Slaughtneil.

Image: Cuala's Con O'Callaghan with Brendan Rodgers of Slaughtneil

Image: Slaughtneil's Sean Cassidy looks on with disappointment after losing their All-Ireland semi-final.

Image: Slaughtneil and Cuala players contesting for possession. 

Image: Cuala's Darragh O'Connell gathers the ball under pressure.

Image: Cuala's Sean Moran with Se McGuigan of Slaughtneil.

Image: Chrissy McKaigue with the ball.